FIFA president Sepp Blatter welcomes Luis Suarez's apology for biting

President of FIFA, Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter, gives a press conference following a meeting of the FIFA task force with Paletestinian and Israelian football federations in Zurich, on September 3, 2013
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter praises Luis Suarez for apologising for biting the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has praised Luis Suarez for apologising after biting the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

The Uruguayan was sent home from the World Cup in Brazil and handed a four-month ban from all football-related activity, as well as a nine-match international suspension.

Despite the Uruguayan Football Association defending his actions, Suarez later issued an apology and vowed never to commit a similar incident again.

It has been widely speculated that Suarez issued the apology on the orders of Barcelona, who are determined to sign the controversial forward from Liverpool this summer.

"He said 'I'm sorry' to the soccer family, and that's fair play too," the Liverpool Echo quotes Blatter as saying. "That shows he's a great player and I hope he can have his soccer career back."

Reports have claimed that Suarez has already verbally agreed to join Barcelona.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Stoke during their Premier League match on January 12, 2014
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